It seems an odd thing to say of such a technical and capable jacket, but the Masao almost seems a little old school by 2017 standards. That’s partly because of its 470g weight rating (around 50 per cent greater than the efforts of Arc’teryx and Jottnar in this roundup) and partly because of the stiffness of its DRYtech fabric. Combine that with the big, chunky wrist clasps and zip pulls, and the fact that it actually has pit zips (don’t they have faith in the breathability of the fabric?) and you begin to see what I mean. However, many users may favour this rougher and tougher approach, especially as you’re also saving £60-80 on the other two big hitters featured here. The two side pockets are huge and handy, whilst the hood has a well-judged soft peak that does a good job of shielding you from wind and rain. The zips are also very robustly built too, which goes a long way towards keeping excessive moisture from seeping in during prolonged storms.
VERDICT: Stiff and overloaded, but strongly built and capable too.
BEST FOR: Prolonged use.
Review by Dan Aspel @